The Oklahoma City Thunder have two lottery picks in the upcoming draft, as well as a pick to round out the first. With #30 overall pick, Thunder GM Sam Presti has a few options.
Whether it’s reaching for a prospect that Presti is high on or snagging someone who slipped to the end of the first round, there could be a real opportunity to add a centerpiece with this pick. While the cap for players in this space may not be that of a superstar, high-level contributors in the right role are extremely valuable in the modern NBA.
Additionally, Oklahoma City could choose to use this late first all-rounder in a package to move up. However, if they stay, there is plenty of talent that will be on the board.
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Bleacher Report’s Zach Buckley recently released a mock draft for the Class of 2022, giving a glimpse of where some of the best up-and-coming rookies could end up. His taunt causes the thunder to take on a prospect once intended for the lottery.
15. Charlotte Hornets: Jeremy Sochan (Forward | Baylor)
16. Atlanta Hawks: Jalen Williams (guard | Santa Clara)
17. Houston Rockets: TyTy Washington (Guard | Kentucky)
18. Chicago Bulls: Tari Eason (Forward | LSU)
19. Minnesota Timberwolves: EJ Liddell (forward | Ohio State)
20. San Antonio Spurs: Jake LaRavia (Forward | Wake Forest)
21. Denver Nuggets: MarJon Beauchamp (Forward | G League Ignite)
22. Memphis Grizzlies: Jaden Hardy (Guard | G League Ignite)
23. Brooklyn Nets: Mark Williams (Center | Duke)
24. Milwaukee Bucks: Kennedy Chandler (guard | Tennessee)
25. San Antonio Spurs: Wendell Moore (Forward | Duke)
26. Dallas Mavericks: Nikola Jovic (Forward | International)
27. Miami Heat: Blake Wesley (Guard | Notre Dame)
28. Golden State Warriors: Andrew Nembhard (Guard | Gonzaga)
29. Memphis Grizzlies: Walker Kessler (Center | Auburn)
30. Oklahoma City Thunder: Kendall Brown (Forward | Baylor)
Brown is an excellent athlete, but last season at Baylor showed he still has a long way to go. At the beginning of the college season, he was a potential lottery winner with his positive side. He’s slipped quite a bit now but could be a solid pick overall for 30th place.
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